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Friday, 11 September 2009

Pick of the Week - 11/09/09

This week's picks have a nice little mix with films and exhibitions, a play and even a festival to take your fancy.

Film - Chosen by Joanne
Fishtank by Andrea Arnold
Firstly, this has Micheal Fassbinder in it, he is one talented guy! (and makes me swoon!)
Andrea Arnold’s follow-up to Red Road is an intense and surprising story of love, lust and family. Fifteen-year-old Mia is at war with everything: her family, her school, and the girls on her estate. Her one release is dancing, a passion that she practices in secret. Things change when her mother introduces charismatic new boyfriend Connor.

Play - Chosen by Carly
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Haymarket Theatre Royal
Until 9th January
Well, hasn't our lovely little Anna Friel come a long way from 'That Kiss' on Brookside? She has undoubtedly proved her acting chops along the way, not only on stage but also on screen in the criminally-cancelled Pushing Daisies as the adorable Chuck. See the delightful Friel play the notorious Holly Golightly in the new stage adaptation of Breakfast at Tiffany's at The Haymarket Theatre Royal until January - but I'd book fast, fast, fast! What with Christmas round the corner, and Friel pulling in the Pushing Daisies punters this will sell quicker than a Tiffany's diamond at a car boot...
Tickets from £15, but feisty Friel is worth that and more. Guaranteed to be a gem of a West End run.

Exhibition - Chosen by Jennifer
Millennium Gallery
25 June – 20 September 2009
By examining the process of production in this diverse exhibition, we
come to realise that contemporary art is much greater than the sum of
all of its parts.

Festival - Chosen by Rosalie
BAC's Scratch Festival.
10 September 2009 - 26 September 2009, 19:30
£5.00, Concessions are FREE
With three long weekends of freewheeling, risk taking cabaret, BAC's annual Scratch Festival is bigger and better than any previous Scratch event. The building will be bursting with established BAC performers, artists who’ve never been here before and graduates from performing arts courses around the country. Scratch allows artists to test new ideas and get audience feedback, so you have an impact on how shows develop at BAC. Get into the building with a £5 Festival Ticket and be guided around an assortment of Scratch performances, brought together under the themes Reasons for Living, Democracy and the inspirational figure of David Lynch. You’ll also be able to see fresh new work from the best of this year’s graduating students (10 - 12 Sep only) and immerse yourself in Helen Cole's We See Fireworks installation. Download Scratch Festival flyer for more information about Graduate shows.

Exhibition - Chosen by Priyesh
Frederic Pradeau
Laure Genillard Gallery, 2 Hanway Place, W1T 1HB
until Saturday 3rd October
Pradeau takes as starting point for the exhibition a found piece of
bread, resembling a pound sign, leftover from a tramp in Hyde Park.
From a simple symbol to the vast notion of money, the artist then
derives multiple paintings, drawings and sculptures, associated with
the effects that money creates and emphasising its arbitrariness. It's
humour from the everyday - a good show if you like your materials.

Film - Chosen by Lisa
Dorian Gray, in cinemas from 9th September
Okay, this has the potential to be a bit awful, but from what I've seen and heard of this adaption directed by Oliver Parker it seems to be a faithful representation of the dark novel by Oscar Wilde, which is a darn good read if you haven't picked the book up already.

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